As the United States has slowly become more and more accepting of its own diversity, transracial adoption has become more common among families who wish to grow through adoption. Despite what its critics might say, transracial adoption has many wonderful benefits for adoptees, birth mothers, and adoptive parents alike. That said, transracial adoption is not without its challenges, just like any other type of adoption. All those involved in a transracial adoption have a great deal of work to do when it comes to educating themselves about the importance of diversity, and understanding the beauty of people of all races, ethnicities, and cultures. However, those who put in the effort to learn about transracial adoption will most likely find that the rewards of this effort are great. Once they choose transracial adoption, they’re more likely to feel more confident in their decision and more likely to feel confident as a parent, whether they’re a birth mother placing a child for adoption or an adoptive parent hoping to adopt a child.
To learn more about the benefits of choosing transracial adoption, Adoption Choices of Florida has compiled a brief list of three of the most incredible benefits of transracial adoption, so you can decide if transracial adoption is right for you!
Diversity is truly a beautiful thing, unfortunately, not enough people see nor understand that. A huge part of choosing transracial adoption — whether you’re a birth mother or an adoptive parent — also means choosing to educate yourself on the importance of diversity and embracing its beauty.
Sometimes, it can be difficult and confusing to learn about diversity, but it’s important to go about it with an open mind. Not all people are alike, but that doesn’t mean the people who are different from us are bad. The more open-minded you are to learning about diversity, the more likely you are to see the beauty in the differences that make each of us unique. At the end of the day, if you decide to opt for an transracial adoption, this will only be more beneficial — and not just to you, but to your child as well!
Most adoptees struggle in one way or another with their identity or sense of self, especially growing up in home where their family’s race is different than their own. But, as aforementioned, education can help an adoptive parent — or a birth mother! — to teach an adoptee about his or her own unique racial, ethnic, or cultural identity.
It’s absolutely crucial for the adoptive parents of a child to be educated on their child’s racial, ethnic, and cultural background, specifically if they adopt transracially. But this is also where their child’s birth mother can have a major impact — because who knows more about her child’s racial, ethnic, and cultural background than the birth mother herself? Not all birth mothers choose to be involved in their child’s adoption process, nor in their child’s life after the adoption has been finalized. However, those who do — especially in transracial adoption cases — can play a key role in helping their child discover a part of his or her identity that was previously missing.
Birth mothers and adoptive parents alike have the unique opportunity to help combat the stigma that surrounds transracial adoptive families when they choose transracial adoption. A huge part of combating these stigmas and misconceptions comes from — you guessed it — education! Negative stigmas are often nothing more than the opinions and prejudices of closed-minded people. But combating these misconceptions is about more than simply educating people. It’s about showing them that, sometimes, it’s not DNA, race, ethnicity, or culture that makes a family a family — it’s love.
That said, it’s still absolutely critical for you — as the birth mother or the adoptive parents — to learn as much as you can about diversity and why it’s so important. Learning about different races, ethnicities, and cultures, especially your child’s, is about more than being able to provide a missing piece to their identity. It’s about respecting the racial, ethnic, and cultural differences that make them so unique — which is one of the many reasons you love them so much!
It’s Going to be Tough, But It’s Going to be Worth It
Most adoptive families experience the negative stigma that is attached to adoption in one way or another, but transracial adoptive families often experience negativity in other ways, too. Unfortunately, racism is alive and well, even in today’s more progressive society. If you’re a birth mother who chooses to place a child for adoption with a family who’s race differs from your own and your child’s, or an adoptive parent hoping to adopt transracially, it’s extremely important for you to be aware of the racism, judgement and stereotyping that you are most definitely going to be confronted by.
Combating racism certainly isn’t easy. It is, without a doubt, going to be the most infuriating, frustrating, and painful thing you will ever have to face and experience. So, if you choose transracial adoption, is it going to be worth it? It’s up to you to decide, but at Adoption Choices of Florida, we think the answer is yes. Because at the end of the day, you’ll have more love in your heart than those who fail see the beauty in your transracial adoption decision and diverse family. Remember — love wins, as it always does and always will!
If you are a pregnant woman in Florida considering adoption, and have any questions or concerns about the adoption process, please don’t hesitate to reach out. For more information on adoption, visit us at Adoption Choices of Florida or call us at: (833) 352-3678